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Climbing Matterhorns - Part 2 Nevada
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.23 - 19:13:28
Ranges: North America Ranges / Great Basin Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 2900m
Participants: Klaus haring
Difficulty: 2: Off trail scrambling
A traverse of the Jarbidge Range, climbing Jarbidge Peak, Jumbo Peak, Squaretop, Matterhorn and Cougar Peak
[photo]img077.jpg[caption]Rock formations along the approach road[/photo]

Long ago I found the Nevada Matterhorn on my road map. When I visited the Ruby Range south of Elko the first time I also bought a map of the Jarbidge Wilderness area. So when I got around to visit that area years later I had the necessary information. Jarbidge is a tiny very remote community accessible only by unpaved roads. The shortest gravel drive is from Idaho. I drove south from Twin Falls and left the main hiway at Rogerson, little more than a name on the map. First I had a long, good paved road, then when it drops into the gorge of the Jarbidge River it turned to gravel. There were some impressive rock towers along the steep valley slopes before I passed through Jarbidge. A few km further I turned onto the road to Pine Creek Camp and the Jarbidge River Trail. There was nobody else in the small camp site and I set up my car to sleep in it. After dinner I made a short exploration of the start of the Bluster Mine Road.

[photo]img079.jpg[caption]View from Jarbidge Peak to the plains of southern Idaho[/photo]

The next morning I hiked up to the abandoned mines then continued up the ridge directly to Jarbidge Peak. After the long climb I had lunch on top. In early November the higher mountains were dusted in snow, but south facing and wind swept areas were mostly bare. In sheltered places drifts were up to 1/2m deep, but following the ridge it was mostly easy walking. [photo]img080s.jpg[caption]The Matterhorn with Squaretop and Jumbo Peak in front[/photo]

[photo]img082.jpg[caption]The summit of the Matterhorn[/photo]

I traversed Jumbo Peak and Squaretop then climbed the final ridge to Matterhorn. I might have hoped to traverse the whole range, but in the short...

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